Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Howto Have Grub Like SUSE on Ubuntu

By default Ubuntu has a text based grub, which at best looks very plain.
When we compare it to the beautiful grub of distros like OpenSUSE and PCLinuxOS, Ubuntu default grub screen looks ugly.
OpenSUSE has the most elegant grub GUI and I decided to install that.
Luckily Ubuntu Forums are the best technical resource too.
I followed this post on Ubuntu Forum and was able to easily install the alternative grub.
Though this is still nothing in comparison to original grub GUI in OpenSUSE, still it is much better looking than the default Ubuntu text-based grub.

Here are the detailed instructions

REMOVE OLD GRUB
Code:
sudo apt-get remove grub
DOWNLOAD & INSTALL GRUB-GFXBOOT
Code:
wget http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb
Code:
sudo dpkg -i grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb
GET THE ANIMATED IMAGE & COPY IT TO YOUR GRUB DIRECTORY
(You can also get some from gnome-look.org or from the bottom of post #1 in this thread)
Code:
wget http://quasarfreak.googlepages.com/message.suse
Code:
sudo cp message.suse /boot/grub/
EDIT YOUR GRUB MENU TO USE THE ANIMATED IMAGE
(good practice to backup the file first and then edit)
Code:
sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst_backup
Code:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
ADD THE FOLLOWING LINE (IN RED) TO THE TOP OF THE FILE SO IT LOOKS LIKE THIS...
Code:
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse

# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
THEN, INSTALL THE BOOT-LOADER
(this may vary based on your computer)
Code:
sudo grub-install hd0

OR
Code:
sudo grub-install /dev/sda
Reboot and enjoy
Thanks to Quasar_freak and kno and Ubuntu Forums

here are some themes/modifications for the above.

Light Green generic theme [message.gobo] | Link | Screenshot
Dark Brown (Dapper look) generic theme [message.new] | Link | Screenshot
Medium blue kubuntu theme [message.kubuntu] | Link | Screenshot
Dark grey ubuntu theme [message.ubugrey] | Link | Screenshot
Medium brown ubuntu theme [message.ububrown] | Link | Screenshot
Light orange ubuntu theme [message.ubu] | Link | Screenshot
Red ubuntu theme [message.new] | Link | Screenshot
Fuzzy blue and black ubuntu theme [message.bluspash] | Link | Screenshot
White / Grey Snowish generic theme [message.snow] | Link | Screenshot
Linspire-style blue kubuntu theme [message.kubu] | Link | Screenshot
Old- Grub style dark blue and light blue [message.kubu] | Link | Screenshot
Light blue / grey Xubuntu theme [message.xubu] | Link | Screenshot[/quote]

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I've tried Ubuntu 8.04, Kubuntu 8.04 and openSuse 11. OpenSuse wins easily. Yast2 is very easy to use for setting up and installing programs. For example it is very easy to check the firewalls status straight out of the box. Desktop is more polished than ubuntu and kubuntu. I found kubuntu to be sluggish compared to openSuse. Suse install is better - You can choose between KDE or Gnome during install! Suse hardware recognition also did better than the others.

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